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It's been four, almost five, years since I built my first computer, which can be found at this link. I've done enough upgrades where I think it's worthy of a new Completed Builds post. I've kept many of the original parts, but added plenty of upgrades.

I saw a really good deal on the Zalman CNPS9900ALED, and even though it's pretty ugly, it performs really well and looks kind of interesting.

I got a 240GB PNY XLR8 Pro SSD and ever since, I swore to never build a computer that didn't have an SSD after that.

The two free 640GB and 750GB Western Digital drives were salvaged from other computers. I installed them in my own machine because they worked just fine.

When it was time to upgrade my GTX 560, I got an MSI GeForce GTX 770. This thing has been great and has yet to make me feel like I need an upgrade.

I swapped my old case out with a Fractal Design Define R5, and it was totally worth it. This is my new favorite case. The build quality, silence features, size (for where it sits in my desk), and looks are all top-notch. I love this case.

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit was a free upgrade from my copy of Windows 7.

I went ultrawide with the monitor and got the LG 29UM65-P 29", since it was the cheapest ultrawide available. Even then, it's still a great-looking picture and works pretty well for games that support it. As great as it's been though, I think my next upgrade will be going back to 16:9 with 1440p, since I record a lot of game footage and 16:9 is a little nicer to work with when sharing to websites like YouTube.

My first mechanical keyboard was a Cooler Master CMStorm QuickFire TK, and it's awesome. It's a tenkeyless size, but still has a numpad because they're combined with the arrow keys, which then lets you use the Num Lock to switch between the two. On top of that, it has a very bright white backlight and rock solid build quality. 10/10.

After my DeathAdder died, I replaced it with a Mionix Naos 7000. For using my computer, it's so ergonomic and comfortable. It's nice and wide to support your ring and pinkie fingers. It's not super great for FPS games like the DeathAdder is, but it's far from terrible. If I could choose again I might've gotten another DeathAdder or G502 instead.

My new headphones are the V-Moda Crossfade M-100's with their BoomPro cable. I wanted a pair that I could use with my iPhone around my university campus, and these work great for that. Plenty of bass and clarity, nice sound for gaming. I like the way they look a lot too.

I got the Logitech Z623 speakers from my old university because I had some gift cards, and this has been one of the most worthwhile upgrades for my desktop. These sound fantastic, and they get plenty loud. I always use speakers when I can, so having good speakers is important to me.

The Vantec 4 Port USB 3.0 PCIe card is in my system because the case has USB 3.0 ports but my motherboard has no USB 3.0 headers. This car has a USB 3.0 header on it, so now I get the full speed of my USB 3.0 ports on the front of my case.

The wireless card is an unnamed card with a Qualcomm Atheros 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band chip I salvaged from another old computer. It works much better than my previous USB adapter, the only unfortunate part is that it's got an ugly green PCB. But my case has no window so it doesn't matter to me much, especially since my FireWire card is also green.

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  • 42 months ago
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Pretty awesome what you can do with such an old(no offense) rig!

  • 42 months ago
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No offense taken! It's due for an upgrade pretty soon, but it still can handle anything I throw at it!

  • 42 months ago
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Make sure your computer is gettting air underneath the desk and isn't collecting a lot of dust, good find on that logitech z623 for that price, next upgrade should be a gtx 1060 or 1070 :)

  • 42 months ago
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The air filters work really well on this case, and the rear of the desk has been removed so the computer has plenty of space to exhaust air to.

Yeah that was what the Z623 cost me after I used the gift cards I had on it. Definitely an excellent purchase for me.

My next upgrade will be a brand new system in the same case with a GTX 1070, and I'll be moving all the other old parts into a small Mini-ITX system to be a HTPC and Plex server.

  • 42 months ago
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Zalman CNPS9900ALED

Best name ever

11/10

  • 42 months ago
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That cooler is really quite the sight. Is the 2500k overclocked? If so, how is that cooler holding up?

  • 42 months ago
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Mildly, but yes. 4.0GHz with no voltage changes, since my motherboard has been pretty finicky with higher overclocks. But the cooler does great, managed to keep it under 80 degrees under load last time I checked.

  • 42 months ago
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Interesting cable management. How are the SSD temps? Cuz it seems like those cables are blocking their airflow.

  • 42 months ago
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My SSD temps are fine. It's not really hurting for airflow.

  • 42 months ago
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They're like.... 35C? I don't mean to sound critical. I just wanna know because Im thinking of mimicking. :)

  • 42 months ago
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I don't know man, I just know you don't plan cooling for your SSD. They don't get hot enough, and they're not that sensitive to heat. Of all the parts in your build, an SSD is the last thing you need to worry about when it comes to heat or cooling.

There's a reason case manufacturers put their SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray nowadays, and even with no cables back there, the SSD wouldn't be getting any airflow.

  • 42 months ago
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Good points. I'll stop worrying about it. :)

  • 42 months ago
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What an old rig! How can you...you live without 25% better performance that Intel provides with new cpus?! Oh look... you overclocked it! That makes like - 15...10% but...but 10%!!!. Pci-e 2.0... you losing 2..3 FPS in every game you will play. Ok...jokes over. That's a very nice rig you have! It will be perfectly fine at least 2 years.

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